Art and Craft



The most important thing you should know about the difference between tempera paint and acrylic paint?

Is it matter what and which paint you use?

First, look at both paints’ quality then we will choose which one is good for you.

Acrylic Paint

acrylic paint
  • Acrylic paint works well and mixes well.
  • Acrylic paints are permanent – so try to avoid the surface that you don’t want to ruin.
  • Acrylic paint has good opacity.
  • Acrylic paints tend to be pretty lightfast. It will not dull the finishing on your painted surface. It will look exactly similar to the day you painted it.
  • It dries glossy to semi-glossy.
  • Acrylic paint has thick stability.
  • Acrylic paint dries to a stiff texture and can create more on paper or fabrics.

Tempera Paint

Tempera Paint
  • Tempera paint mixes well and looks good.
  • Regular tempera paint is not permanent – but not easily washable, so you should get washable tempera paint.
  • It has a thick consistency.
  • Washable tempera paint doesn’t have opacity as regular tempera.
  • Tempera paint dries rapidly. When dry, it produces a smooth matte finish.
  • Tempera paint is more liquid than acrylic.

When should you use acrylic paint?

Best things to paint with acrylic paint:

  • Fabric
  • Paper
  • Wood
  • Ceramic
  • Plastic
  • Canvas
  • Metal
  • Mirror
  • Glass surface
  • Rock

Is acrylic paint suitable for beginners?

If you are a beginner, don’t take so many colors. Just start with ten primary colors. You can make other colors with them as per your requirement. There is also an option for beginners that they can begin their work with an acrylic paint set. Don’t overthink the painting kits. Take a brush and your primary colors and start painting and flow with your colors.

Should we wet the brush before using acrylic paint?

If you are using the paint from the jar or tube, you should wet the brush before painting. You can drip a little water onto the color and mix it well until it combines appropriately and fluid. If you feel your color wants more water, you can add.

Can we use acrylic paint on the body?

Acrylic paint is not made for your skin because your skin is sensitive, and we shouldn’t apply them anywhere on the body. Even the bottles are labeled as “non-toxic” it doesn’t mean it necessarily safe to violate all over your body.

When should you use tempera paint?

Best things to paint with tempera paint:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Poster boards
  • Sponge painting
  • Newspaper print
  • Cloth
  • Wood

Is tempera paint good for canvas?

You can use it on canvas, but it’s not always an ideal medium. Tempera paint is not much thick so that the paint can drip downward.

What type of paper is suitable for tempera paint?

Sulphite paper is best for tempera paint, oil, markers, chalk pastels, and watercolor paint. Most of the art teachers will agree with Sulphite paper because it is smooth and delicate. The white paper is their go-to paper.

If you are using it for water media such as tempera paint, don’t choose less than 80lb or 90lb; otherwise, the paper will rip or curl.

How long does tempera paint last?

Their maximum life is 2 to 5 years; you can use it in this period efficiently. They may still be useable, but when you feel they start to smell sour and dry, avoid using them, it’s mean you cannot use them now.


Acrylic and tempera both are water-soluble and can be easily thinned with a little water. Kids can work with both paints, but as you know, acrylic paint is permanent to go with tempera paint because you will feel at ease and comfortable with it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *